In a charming assisted living facility in Maine, the atmosphere was brimming with joy as Ed Hendrickson celebrated his 103rd birthday.
The self-proclaimed vivacious grandfather showcased a temporary hairstyle that mirrored the enthusiasm of the celebration.
Encircled by a multitude of birthday cards thoughtfully arranged by fellow U.S. Navy veteran Joy Asuncion, Hendrickson took the spotlight.
Renowned for his contagious laughter and clever quips, Hendrickson imparted a mix of light-hearted and insightful advice to those aspiring to reach a century in age.
“I just wake up sassy,” he chuckled, encapsulating the spirit of a man who knows how to live life to the fullest.
Among the nuggets of wisdom he shared, Hendrickson credited his lasting vitality to “the affection of lovely women.”
While not endorsing strenuous physical activities, he emphasized the significance of consistent movement like running and hiking.
“I don’t overdo it as far as walking and running and hiking, but I do it,” he explained.
“I think that’s the best thing, is just to keep moving. The minute you stop, you slow down too fast.”
As the birthday wishes flooded in, Hendrickson was visibly touched by the unanticipated display of affection.
Curated by Joy Asuncion, the cards featured heartfelt messages from individuals spanning various age groups.
Hendrickson particularly highlighted the endearing cards from young children as his favorites.
Hopefully gazing into the future with a gleam in his eye, Hendrickson disclosed his ambitious plans ahead
“I plan on at least another 10 years. I’m not sure how I’m going to do it, but I’ll find a way,” he declared, radiating optimism and a genuine love for life.